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Guide to Quadrant's Machining Engineering Thermoplastics

If you are machining any of these products, call us for your next requirement. Let us show you how Laird Plastics and Quadrant can help you expand your business.

Trade Name Chemical Name Key Properties Common Applications Price Machineability
Sanalite High Density Polyethelene (HDPE) Textured surface for improved release. Ease of fabrication including welding plus good chemical resistance Cutting boards, dough hoppers $ 1
Proteus Polypropylene (PP) Chemical resistance and good weldability plus easy forming Tanks, prosthetics $ 1
TIVAR Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethelene (UHMW) Excellent wear and abrasion resistance Sliding surfaces, bushings, guides in packaging/food processing machinery $ 1
Nylatron Polyamide (PA) or nylon Hight Strength and wear resistance Gears, wear pads, rollers bearings $$ 2
Acetron GP Polyoxymethelene (POM) or acetal Excellent machineability and close tolerance capable Machinery fixtures, cams, rollers and bearings for food processing and high speed packaging machinery $$ 2
Ertalyte Polyethelene terepthalate (PET) Improved dimensional stability plus good wear resistance and chemical resistance Pistons, fill caps, rollers, manifolds, augers and non-symetric food processing machinery parts $$ 3
Fluorosint Mica Reinforced PTFE (Teflon) Most dimensionally stable PTFE High temperature seals and valve seats, piston seal rings and bearings $$$$ 1
Techtron Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS) Excellent chemical resistance and inertness plus ease of machining Analytical instrument components $$$$ 4
Ketron Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) Excellent chemical resistance and hight temperature wear resistance Chemical process valve seats/seals and wear parts $$$$ 5
Ultem Polytherimide (PEI) High strength, and good heat resistance to 350F. Plus high dielectric strength, low flamability and good resistance to hot water/steam Medical instruments and electrical components $$$ 4
Radel Polyarylsulfone (PAS) Best resistance to hot water/steam Surgical instrument handles and other parts exposed to hot water/steam $$$ 4
Torlon Polyamidimide (PAI) Hight strength and heat resistance to 500F High temperature bearings and highly loaded parts. $$$$$ 7
Celazole Polybenzimidizal (PBI) Highest strength and heat resistance to 800F Glass handling parts, plasma torch components $$$$$$ 9

Machining scale 1 is easiest to machine. High speed steel is typically OK for low volumes and carbide tooling best for higher volume parts.
Machining scale 9 is most difficult to machine. Polycrystalline or carbide tooling is suggested.


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  • Delrin®
  • Ketron® PEEK
  • Nylon® 101
  • Torlon®
  • Ertalyte®
  • Techtron® PPS
  • Acetron GP®
  • TIVAR® UHMW
  • Nylatron®
  • Sanalite®
  • Ultem®
  • Proteus® PP
  • Noryl®
  • Radel®
  • Flourisint®
  • Celazole® PBI

If you are machining any of these products, call us for your next requirement. If not, let us show you how Laird Plastics and Quadrant can help you expand your business.